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the preservation of the world

Post #299 • June 15, 2004, 10:09 AM • 3 Comments

Fairfield Porter, 1971:

Whenever I talk to art students, in Amherst, Baltimore or Illinois all this year, I tell them that I think (to alter Thoreau) that in the artistic impulse is the preservation of the world. What I mean is that the artistic impulse is what makes one look at things for themselves, not as useful. It means to particularize instead of generalize. It is generalization that has led to the harm that is done.

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oldpro

June 15, 2004, 5:48 PM

Overstated, but accurate.

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jordan massengale

June 16, 2004, 1:31 PM

Sans the complaining, their is a newly renovated space with great A.C. and an excellent discussion in a progressive art environment ( that Fred has supplied )- with a show of interesting contemporary art on view. I hope that the gallery is packed as
this is a progressive topic.
I like Triff"s summaries , as he can judiciously interpret expressive projections and objectively verbalize his interpretations; letting go is not only difficult for an artist , but is hardly ever understood by critics. Triff gets to the core of and elaborates on things in art that many art writters don't want to take responsability for.
Snitzer, ( reguardless of others envious attacts ) has been a great catalist in making Miami artists as visible as anyone else in the States. Dorsch has humbly passed on this critical panel to Snitzer for practical reasons. This says enough about self inerest. The galleries in Wynwood share - information, gossip, insight, experiencial advice, and even collectors - as do the Curators and Directors of local Museums. This is very good as we are all of a creative team.

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mary agnes

June 16, 2004, 4:12 PM

Thank you, Jordan, for having faith! I need to know that I work and live in a cultural environment where decency can be recognized and encouraged.

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